House of Healing
The House of Healing is a emergency respite space where people living with and without mental illness live as peers. Eight people live in the home at any given time – five residents and three companions. Residents stay from 3-6 months until they find permanent housing.
The home was conceived of in early 2000 to offer a place of solace and rest to people leaving the hospital after an acute mental health hospitalization. It was Plymouth Healing Communities’ first home, and is still at the heart of our mission. Unlike many community shelters, the House of Healing offers a home, with individual rooms, home cooked meals, a garden, social outings, and a built in community of companionship.
Each resident is connected with mental health support through Harborview Behavioral Health Services. Harborview and PHC staff assist the residents with finding permanent housing. Residents who leave the house are offered a Community Companion to continue walking alongside them, and the House of Healing remains a welcoming community to them as long as they need or want it to be.